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Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Copa do Mundo da FIFA First Phase Group D Match Six

Costa Rica 0 England 0 [0-0]

Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto (Estádio Mineirao), Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Kick-off (BRT): 1.00pm 5.00pm BST
Attendance: 57,823

Joel Campbell kicked off 93 minutes 45:08 & 48:05
[0-0] Celso Borges free-kick hits crossbar 23 22:48  
Ross Barkley 53 52:26
Adam Lallana
57 56:36

Giancarlo González
60 59:28

Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend


Match Summary

Officials from Africa

Costa Rica Squad


England Squad
Referee (yellow) - Djamel Haimoudi
43 (10 December 1970), Oran, Algeria, FIFA-listed 2004.

Assistant Referees - Redouane Achik, 44 (21 April 1972), Morocco and Abdelhak Etchiali, 32 (27 June 1981), Algeria.
Fourth official -
Alireza Faghani, 36 (21 March 1978), Tehran, Iran.

Reserve Assistant Referee/Fifth official - Hassan Kazem Kamranifar, Iran
Match Commissioner - Walter Sieber, Canada
General Co-ordinator - Yon De Luisa, Mexico

4 Goal Attempts 8
3 Attempts on Target 3
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
3 Corner Kicks Won 7
3 Offside Calls Against 1
18 Fouls Conceded 16
44% Possession 56%

Costa Rica Team



FIFA (6 June 2014) 28th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 18th
Colours: Made by Lotto - Red variant nehru collared jerseys with white trim and gold piping, blue splitting flash across chest/thin cuffs, blue shorts with thin white trim/thick red trim, red socks.
Capt: Bryan Ruiz Manager: Jorge Luis Pinto Afanador, 61 (16 December 1952 in Colombia), appointed 3 September 2011
Costa Rica Lineup
1 Navas Gamboa, Keylor A. 27
191 days
15 December 1986 G Levante UD , Spain 56 0
16 Gamboa Luna, Cristian E. 24
243 days
24 October 1989 RWB Rosenborg BK, Norway 28 1
6 Duarte Gaitán, Óscar E. 25
21 days
3 June 1989
in Catarina, Nicaragua
RCD Club Brugge KV, Belgium 14 1
3 González Castro, Giancarlo 26
136 days
8 February 1988 CD Columbus Crew, United States 38 2
González cautioned in the 60th min. for unsporting behaviour for a foul after he callously brought down Ross Barkley.
19 Miller Hernández, Roy 29
24 November 1984 LCD New York Red Bull, United States 48 1
15 Díaz Campbell, Júnior E. 30
285 days
12 September 1983 LWB 1. FSV Mainz 05, Germany 65 1
10 Ruiz González, Bryan J. 28
310 days
18 August 1985 RM Philips Sport Vereniging NV, Netherlands, on loan from Fulham FC, England 66 14
5 Borges Mora, Celso, off 78th min. 26
28 days
27 May 1988 CM Allmänna IK, Sweden 65 14
17 Tejeda Valverde, Yeltsin I. 22
99 days
17 March 1992 LM Deportivo Saprissa 25 0
14 Brenes Moya, Randall, off 59th min. 30
315 days
13 August 1983 AM CSD Cartaginés 42 8
9 Campbell Samuels, Joel N., off 65th min. 21
363 days
26 June 1992 CF Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus, Greece, on loan from Arsenal FC, England 36 10
Costa Rica Substitutes
7 Bolaños Navarro, Christian, on 59th min. (58:55) for Brenes 30
38 days
17 May 1984 AM FC København, Denmark 58 2
21 Ureña Porras, Marco D., on 65th min. (64:40) for Campbell 24
111 days
5 March 1990 CF FC Kuban Krasnodar, Russia 27 8
11 Barrantes Rojas, Michael, on 78th min. (77:15) for Borges 30
263 days
4 October 1983 CM Aalesund FK, Norway 52 4
result: Costa Rica 0 England 0
unused substitutes: 2-Johnny Acosta, 4-Michael Umana, 8-Dave Myrie, 12-Waylon Francis, 13-Oscar Granados, 18-Patrick Pemberton, 20-Diego Calvo, 22-José Cubero, 23-Daniel Cambronero.
5-3-2 Navas -
Gamboa, Duarte, González, Miller, Díaz  -
Ruiz, Borges
(Barrantes), Tejeda -
(Bolaños) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 268 days Appearances/Goals 43.9 4.7


England Team



FIFA (6 June 2014) 10th
EFO ranking Group 1 (4th)
ELO rating 15th to 14th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Frank Lampard
(eighth & final captaincy (2))
Steven Gerrard, 73rd minute.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 66 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
31st match, W 15 - D 11 - L 5 - F 58 - A 27.
England Lineup
13 Foster, Ben A. 31
82 days
3 April 1983 G West Bromwich Albion FC 8 4ᵍᵃ
final app 2007-14
16 Jones, Philip A. 22
123 days
21 February 1992 RB Manchester United FC 11 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 28
187 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 27 3
12 Smalling, Christopher L. 24
22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 13 0
23 Shaw, Luke P.H. 18
347 days
12 July 1995 LB Southampton FC 3 0
second youngest WCF player
8 Lampard, Frank J. 36
4 days
20 June 1978 RCM Chelsea FC 106 2
forty WCF shots with no goals final app 1999-2014
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 73rd min. 22
174 days
1 January 1992 LCM Arsenal FC 20 0
the 165th player to reach the 20-app milestone
17 Milner, James P., off 76th min. 28
171 days
4 January 1986 RM Manchester City FC 48 1
21 Barkley, Ross 20
201 days
5 December 1993 AM Everton FC 9 0
Ross Barkley cautioned in the 53rd min. for unsporting behaviour for a foul. He was pulling on Óscar Duarte's shirt to prevent a counter-attack.
20 Lallana, Adam D., off 62nd min. 26
45 days
10 May 1988 LM Southampton FC 9 0
Adam Lallana cautioned in the 57th min. for unsporting behaviour for a foul, after a late challenge on Bryan Ruiz.
9 Sturridge, Daniel A. 24
296 days
1 September 1989 CF Liverpool FC 15 5
England Substitutes
19 Sterling, Raheem S., on 62nd min. (61:07) for Lallana 19
198 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
LF Liverpool FC 7 4 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., on 73rd min. (72:24) for Wilshere 34
25 days
30 May 1980 LM Liverpool FC 114 110 21
final app 2000-14
10 Rooney, Wayne M., on 76th min. (75:35) for Milner 28
243 days
24 October 1985 RF Manchester United FC 95 89 39
result: Costa Rica 0 England 0
unused substitutes: 1-Joe Hart, 2-Glen Johnson, 6-Phil Jagielka, 11-Danny Welbeck, 14-Jordan Henderson, 18-Rickie Lambert, 22-Fraser Forster.
team notes: Roy Hodgson has now brought the curtain down on the England playing careers of 25 players, including Frank Lampard, who is the last player from the 1990's to feature for England.
records: England have drawn eleven games 0-0 at World Cup Finals, more than any other nation.
They have used a record 21 players at this tournament, beating the previous record of 19.
England failed to win any of the group matches for first time since 1958, which was also the last time they failed to progress from the group stage..
4-2-3-1 Foster -
Jones, Cahill, Smalling, Shaw -
Lampard, Wilshere
(Gerrard) -
(Rooney), Barkley, Lallana (Sterling) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 302 days Appearances/Goals 24.5 3.5
youngest starting XI in 2013-14 least experienced XI in 2013-14


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England ended their dismal World Cup campaign with the 'dead rubber' match against Costa Rica, and the match was as flat as the rest of the tournament had been for them.  It was a poor game all round and not really what the army of loyal England fans at the game and the millions watching at home wanted to see, but two positive things, our first point and a clean sheet.

Costa Rica were the team who started with a confident look about them, whereas England looked nervous and tentative in the first quarter of an hour.  But they did gradually settle as they realised that Costa Rica were nothing special,en though they had beaten both Uruguay and Italy in their previous games.  After just two minutes Joel Campbell hit a shot that deflected off Gary Cahill, wrong-footing goalkeeper Ben Foster, but it went wide.  With England's current run of bad luck that could have easily gone in!  Meanwhile, it took England 12 minutes to conjure a decent attack as a good move down the left gave Jack Wilshere possession.  He teed up Daniel Sturridge who fired in a shot from 20 yards.  Unfortunately the ball flew the wrong side of the right hand post with the goalkeeper beaten.

Six minutes later Sturridge again shot wide and then on 23 minutes Costa Rica created their only real chance of the game.  Inevitably, perhaps, it came from a free-kick as Celso Borges fired in a curling effort that Foster did well to touch onto the crossbar and over.  That was Foster's last anxious moment of the match but the West Brom keeper can be well satisfied with a confident display, with good handling and excellent anticipation.

In the 27th minute Sturridge was again at the centre of the action as the ball landed at his feet close to goal.  As he went to pull the trigger Oscar Duarte came in from his left and unceremoniously bundled the Liverpool striker over, a penalty, surely?  No chance in this tournament as the referee smiled as he waved away the appeals.  Later replays showed that Duarte made no attempt to play the ball but made sure he took the player out.

England won three quick corners on 35 minutes and from the third Phil Jones headed back across goal to Sturridge who had a free header from close range.  Alas, the England crowd groaned as the header sailed over.  There has been a lot of talk about England's lack of a killer touch in these matches, and that incident was one that highlighted that fault in our game.  But there was worse to come.  Ross Barkley had one excellent run to create a good opening, only for his final shot to be skewed wide.  The half ended goalless, and the action was pretty sterile to say the least.

The second half was played mostly in the middle of the park and Sturridge continued to be the focal point of the England attack.  His touch let him down on 50 minutes and that allowed Keylor Navas to save, and then within two minutes of each other both Barkley and Adam Lallana were booked for late challenges.  This, after Costa Rica players had repeatedly blocked and hacked at England, without being punished.  Lallana was just starting to make an impact on the play, but Roy Hodgson decided at that moment to replace the Southampton player with Raheem Sterling, an odd decision that didn't go down too well with the England fans. 

On 62 minutes Foster made an easy save from substitute Christian Bolanos's long range effort and then three minutes later England created their best chance of the match.  A lovely one-two between Sturridge and Wilshere set up Sturridge with a clear chance.  99 times out of a hundred Sturridge would have tucked the ball into the far corner, but sadly, this was the 100th and he put it wide of the far post!  It was yet another 'head in the hands' moment for the anguished England fans.

Four minutes later Sturridge was again brought down in the box but this time it was not such a clear cut decision.  England kept plugging away though and Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney were sent on for Wilshere and Milner, to add weight to the attacking third.  Alas, it didn't really work for them and one of the most disappointing aspects of England's play was their lack of penetration from set pieces.  Corners and free-kicks came to nothing every time, and that is supposed to be one of the strong points of the English game. 

With ten minutes left Rooney tried in vain to chip the goalkeeper, Luke Shaw's fine run down the left ended with a weak cross and Gerrard shot over.  At the other end, in the third minute of added time, Shaw showed his defensive qualities with a superb run and challenge that shut out Marco Urena's dangerous run.  It was the last action of a very poor match.  Costa Rica were content with a draw and go through as winners of England's group, and who would have thought that at the start of the tournament.

So England left Brazil after their worst showing in a World Cup since 1958.  Individually you could say that most of the players did their best, but as a team we never really found the combination that could cause the other teams problems.  The goals we conceded were poor, defensively, and up front we missed chance after chance.  A recipe for disaster to be honest.  In some ways it is a relief to see England come home as it was difficult to watch some of the decisions and incidents that the team suffered.  And how galling it was to see players like Uruguay's Diego Godin score the goal that put his team through to the next round with the winner over Italy.  He should never have been playing in that match because against England he should have been sent off!  And as for the man who puts the 'bite' into Uruguay's attack, words fail me.  Why is it that in every World Cup cheats are seen to prosper?

Source Notes

BBC Sport
André Do Nascimento Pereira
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
This is England's first participation in the UFWC (Unofficial Football World Championship) since they drew with Netherlands in August 2009. Currently held by Costa Rica after they beat Uruguay in their opening World Cup match.